[mahr-ee-uh-lee-toh; Spanish mah-rye-lee-taw]
noun, plural Ma·ri·e·li·tos [mahr-ee-uh-lee-tohz; Spanish mah-rye-lee-taws] /ˌmɑr i əˈli toʊz; Spanish ˌmɑ ryɛˈli tɔs/.
a refugee from Cuba who came to the U.S. in 1980 as part of a mass migration that sailed from Mariel, Cuba.
Origin of Marielito
< American Spanish, equivalent to Mariel, from which the migration took place + -ito noun suffix, usually diminutive
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